British Fortifications


None of the British fortifications built during the First War of Independence (First Boer War) (1880-1881) have remained. Fortifications from the Second Boer War (Anglo-Boer War) 1900-1902 have remained. These consist mainly of Block Houses built to guard the railway lines and important routes. These buildings were prefabricated corrugated iron buildings or built of stone with corrugated iron roofs, two to three stories high, and as the name implies, cubic in appearance. They were built to dominate the terrain with their presence. Examples abound and include the blockhouses at Warmbaths, Barton's Folly at Hekpoort, and a line of blockhouses on the ridge of the Magaliesberg at Hartbeespoort as well as the line of blockhouses along the Pretoria-Cape Town railway line.

Buildings on this website in British Fortifications style

Craig's Tower and Battery: c1795. Cape Town, Western Cape